Who We Are
One person dies every 19 minutes from their addiction with opioids. Three people die of a drug overdose in Virginia everyday.
The purpose of StrongWILL is to raise awareness for drug addiction, to provide information regarding recovery and treatment programs, positive role modeling to youth and individuals struggling with addiction through instructional services, community services, fundraising, and speaking engagements in local communities.
StrongWILL is a 501c3 organization driven by a focus of bringing unity while raising awareness for substance abuse addiction and support in our community. We collaborate with other local organizations to fundraise at a grassroots level to benefit foundations in our locality who assist those affected by this devastating epidemic.
Currently, our primary philanthropic event is the StrongWILL fun run/ walk which is held annually during the Driver Days festival in Suffolk, VA. The event consists of a 1 mile and 5k (3.1 mile) fun run or walk for both adults and children located at the captivating Suffolk Seaboard Coastline Trail.
Our success relies on support from community members and established businesses to gain popularity and to provide for the events each year. We wholeheartedly appreciate your generous contribution in each step in our mission of making an impact and giving voice to those who may not always speak.
A special thank you to Driver Volunteer Fire Department and the Driver Merchant Association for partnering with us to host our annual event
WHAT DOES STRONGWILL DO WITH THEIR PROCEEDS?
After annual costs and budgets are accounted for, StrongWILL donates any additional proceeds to local organizations. This year, money will be donated to the Suffolk Police Department. In particular, we will approach the Suffolk council to request proceeds go towards supplying the force with Narcan (Naloxone). If the Suffolk police receives a grant that covers the cost of this injection, proceeds will be donated to buy alternate life saving devices such as the Automatic External Defibrillator (AED).
StrongWILL donated to Recovery for Life and Protecting Children Foundation with money received from 2016’s fun run/ walk.Both organizations advocate for addiction awareness, education, recovery, and support.